We realized after we showed you our built-in bathroom storage plans that we had a few more things to finish up before we can really get going on our wall cubbies. Namely, the pocket door that we raved about in last week’s vlog! We chose to save space by installing a pocket door frame in the bathroom, freeing up the 8 or 9 square feet of floor space from the door swing, opening up the area behind the door to make our upcoming new built-in storage more accessible and — this is a big one in our house — preventing our girls from smashing each other’s fingers in the hinges when they inevitably fight over the bathroom. (They’re only in grade school but the sister fights start young, we are finding…) Watch the video to see how to install a pocket door frame THE EASY WAY and be sure to subscribe to our channel to see more of our bathroom projects.
The Easy Way to Install a Pocket Door Frame
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We chose to keep the pocket door installation as easy as possible, by using a pre-made pocket door frame and reusing the old door from the bathroom. Installing a pocket door is not quite as fast a project as installing a sliding barn door on the exterior of the wall, but, like we mentioned last week, we really love it for the sleek space-saving benefits (especially in an already narrow hallway, every inch counts!), extra privacy, and it still gives us that bit of hallway wall space to decorate. (Not that we have done that yet… but we’re liking these ideas.)
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Blast from the past: We installed a pocket door back in our Park House in Texas way back in 2012! See that photo tutorial here and more of the half bath projects here.
Materials and tools for pocket door frame installation
- Pocket door frame
- Existing door or premade pocket door
- Pocket door handle, plug and/or lock
- Wood shims
- Utility knife
- Crowbar and/or reciprocating saw
One segment we missed in the video was attaching our existing door to the sliding pocket door hardware — it’s quick and easy and we just missed videoing it with everything else going on (#badvloggers). There’s just a set of screws that you screw to the pocket door track. Someday if we decide to change this door for another door (or install another door) we’ll make sure to document that part better! In the meantime, what do you think — will you be installing a pocket door in your home?
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